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About David E. Goldberg

Based in Champaign, Illinois, Dave is a change consultant in education circles and a leadership coach to students, faculty, and administrators in higher education as well as technology managers and professionals around the world. Prior to founding ThreeJoy Associates (, Dave was the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is known for pioneering work in genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation. Dave holds BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. His two most recent books are The Entrepreneurial Engineer (Wiley, 2006) and Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda (edited with Ibo van de Poel, Springer 2010).

Entries by David E. Goldberg

Engineering Students Can Do X

Read my new article on the Huffington Post, Engineers Students Can Do X, here.  One of the experiences described in the article is giving a talk and having a student ask the following questions: How do you learn to have the courage to be present as a leader?” I realized in the moment how central […]

Incubators, Incubators, Everywhere

Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result paraphrases Einstein’s definition of insanity, and one of the insanities of engineering education is the belief that the same old organizational structure (with the same old culture) will give us something substantially different in the delivery of an engineering education.  The current organization of higher […]

Serial Innovators Book is Out

Griffin, Price & Vojak have released their long-awaited book on serial innovators, Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms.  The thinking in this book was instrumental to the formulation of iFoundry thinking about engineering education transformation ( and is baked into many of the offerings of ThreeJoy Associates. An excerpt from […]

Read the Big Beacon Manifesto

The Big Beacon is a global movement to transform engineering education.  Read the manifesto in the viewer below, [slideshare id=13127563&doc=beaconfinal-120529220334-phpapp02] download it here, or go to the website  Follow Big Beacon on Twitter @bigbeacon and Facebook

The Making of a Whole New Linchpin Engineer

Seth Godin’s book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable argues that the worker of the 21st century needs to develop a unique skill set that will make him or her a must-have, go-to-guy-or-gal, johnnie-or-janie-on-the spot rather than a body that takes up time and space and does a rote job that many others can do.  ThreeJoy’s vision of […]

Dweck Video on Mindset

Stanford prof Carol Dweck discusses the educational implications of her theories on growth mindset versus fixed mindset in the video below: httpv:// Students with a fixed mindset focus on results rather than learning and tend to respond negatively to adversity, whereas students with a growth mindset tend to focus on learning goals and are relatively […]

Big Beacon – Sneak Preview for 3J Readers

First campaigns for The Big Beacon, a global movement for the transformation of engineering education, will start next week after Memorial Day.  Readers of ThreeJoy Associates’ blog can get a sneak preview of the Big Beacon website here. The minds, hearts, and hands campaign poster is reproduced below. For more information go to the website (here) […]

Mindfulness Goes Mainstream (at Google and in Congress)

Over the course of the last couple of weeks two books have popped up on the radar screen that suggest something interesting is afoot with respect to mindfulness practice.  Chade-Meng Tan’s book Search Inside Yourself (here) describes a course offered at Google to help managers and engineers  become more mindful at work.  Daniel Goleman of emotional […]

A Stroke of Insight for Engineering Education

When I attended Brian Bomeisler’s course (here) based on his mom’s book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, he showed us Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk Stroke of Insight.  Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist who had a strong stroke that shut down the language centers on the left side of her […]